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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:58

Diverse Activities by Women Groups

Celebration of International Women’s Day in Saida

A meeting to celebrate the International Women's Day was conducted in March 14, 2013 in a local NGO’s centre in Saida. 153 women from (PARD’s committees’ members and local health educators) the 13 gatherings in Beirut and the South attended.


Campaign on Early MarriageEarly Marriage Campaign01

The women committees in Beirut and the South chose to work on an issue which is related to rights-health and social status. Through their work in their community they found that very young women are interested in marriage due to the influence of social media and Television (Turkish series and others). This media influence went along with other influences especially parents or parent encouragement or coercion, family members influence, ignorance, economical needs, leaving schools and others. The women committees launched a campaign to decrease the frequency of early marriage in their communities through statistics, raising awareness (143 lectures benefiting 170 males {16- 20 years old} and 1404 females {12- 18 years old}) and problem solving. This campaign will end by mid 2014.

 

Training on Gender Based Violence (GBV)

12 of PARD’s staff working in Beirut and the South gatherings (1 nurse, 2 midwives, 1 record keeper, 6 community health workers and 2 coordinators) received a 4 days training on GBV.

 

Training content:

-          Introduction to the conceptual framework of the problem of violence against women and Gender Based Violence (Introduction- Types and forms- causes, effects and costs of violence against women)

-          Introduction to listening technique skills (to survivors of Gender Based Violence):

* Why do we need training on Listening technique skills (Aims and Functions)

* Roles and Functions of centers responsible for reception and listening of GBV survivors

* Foundations, principles and standards of active listening for GBV survivors.

* Rights and Responsibilities of both the listener and survivor- Characteristics and skills of the listener

- Properties and standards of the listening environment

- Referral skills

- Functions and principles of documenting GBV cases

- Discussion on possible intake form/questionnaire 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:36

Common Activities of Women Committees

The women committees in the South and Beirut worked together with PARD's staff in the Women's Health Clinics to fill up questionnaires about the Pap Smear Campaign and the mammography campaign, and helped in organizing both campaigns (health education sessions, registration…).

-          Participation in campaigns (promotion of health issues in the community, cleaning whole areas in the gatherings, organizing spraying of insecticides, raising awareness on social/ health issues such as drug addiction or AIDS and others).

-          Alert PARD when a certain contagious disease shows up (chicken pox, Hepatitis A, diarrhea, scabies, head lice and others caused by the presence of refugees from Syria).

-          Data collection

-          Support Women Health Centres

-          Help organize and supervise remedial lessons and activities for their children

-          Support first aid teams in their gatherings

-          Coordinate with PARD on water caretaking

-          Support health education and literacy groups

-          Distribute support materials

-          Supporting the refugees from Syria

The women committees conducted many activities for the benefit of their communities.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 23:44

Kindergarten for Refugee children from Syria

Kindergarten for Refugee children from Syria

 

Refugee children from Syria of school age (6 years and up) joined either UNRWA schools (PRS) or public Lebanese schools (Syrian). Moreover,

some NGOs took in some of the refugee children

(aged from 4 to 6 years),but many of them were

not accommodated.

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In Beirut, PARD targeted 70 children (aged 4 to 6 years) through establishing a kindergarten for them.

This kindergarten is divided into 3 grades (KG1 for 4 years, KG2 for 5 years, KG3 for 6 years).

 

A team of 3 teachers, 3 teacher assistants, 1 coordinator,

1 psychosocial assistant, and a cleaning lady operate this KG.

The KG started in October 2012 till June 2013.

In July- August 2013, the same children joined

summer activities organized by PARD. The same

project restarted in September 2013 and will continue

until June 2014.

 

In addition to the activities in the KG, 65 children aged

from 7 till 12 years attended education support and

extra curriculum activities 5 days per week in the afternoons.

 

Besides, 6 puppet shows were conducted for the benefit of 120 attending children.



Wednesday, 04 February 2015 22:13

Health Education for Syrian Refugees

Health Education for Syrian Refugees


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To prevent the spread of diseases among refugees from Syria, PARD delivered health education lectures

to the refugees (Women, Youth and Children) residing in the gatherings

of the South and Beirut during the year 2013 as follows:

 

 

Health Education in the Southern gatherings

Location

Type of participants

No. of participants

No. of  lectures

Males

Females

Qasmiyeh

Women

-

78

55

Youth

17

9

9

Children

25

11

6

Shabriha

Women

-

52

45

Youth

5

10

2

Children

12

10

3

Maashouk

Women

-

36

48

Youth

-

-

-

Children

4

4

3

Jal Al Baher

Women

-

57

34

Youth

-

-

-

Children

9

12

9

Kfar Badda

Women

-

45

22

Youth

-

-

-

Children

8

4

6

Nahr Al Samer

Women

-

29

18

Youth

-

-

-

Children

4

5

3

Jim Jeem

Women

-

37

20

Youth

-

-

-

Children

3

7

4

Sikkeh

Women

-

110

32

Youth

-

-

-

Children

12

10

2

Wasta

Women

-

59

14

Youth

-

-

-

Children

-

-

-

Burghuliyeh

Women

-

28

4

Youth

-

-

-

Children

-

-

-

Totals

 

99

613

339

712

 

 

 

Health Education in Beirut gatherings

Location

Type of participants

No. of participants

No. of  lectures

Males

Females

Gaza Buildings

Women

-

60

153

Daouk

Women

-

96

135

Said Ghawash

Women

-

65

119

Youth

9

7

1

Children

7

13

1

Zaroub El Deek

Women

-

43

60

Youth

17

8

2

Children

3

6

1

Salwa Al Hout

Women

-

55

59

Totals

 

36

253

531

289

 

 

The subjects of those health education lectures included winter diseases, Influenza, Swine flu,

he22Jaundice, Typhoid, Personal hygiene, General hygiene, Lice, Scabies, nutrition, Early marriage, breast feeding, Diarrhea, Diabetes, Uterus cancer, Breast cancer, Water pollution, family organization, home accidents, Chicken pox, measles, Osteoporosis, Primary eye care, Primary teeth care, Genital inflammations, and Pregnant women care.


Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:46

Relief Project for Refugees from Syria

The Relief Phase of Syrian & Palestinian Syrian Refugee families in Lebanon upon the Syrian crisis since August 2012

The volatile situation in Syria has led to an increase in the number of Palestine refugees fleeing to Lebanon, now approximately 57,000 individuals (7 June 2013). In Lebanon, Palestine refugees from Syria are dispersed in Saida (30 per cent), northern Lebanon (15 per cent), Beqa’a (23 per cent), central Lebanon Area (17 per cent) and Tyre (15 per cent). Especially since Yarmouk camp, Syria’s biggest Palestinian refugee camp, became battle ground for the two groups in December 2012, there has been a large increase in Palestinians fleeing Syria. So far, Palestine refugees, and the PLO, have taken a neutral political stance and are not partaking in the fighting.relief11

 

The majority of Palestine Refugees from Syria (PRS) seek refuge in the existing Palestinian refugee camps and/ or gatherings in Lebanon. Most are being hosted by host families, around 70-80% according to ON’s partners, though UNRWA is estimating it around 50-60%. The local capacity of local communities to host more refugees is becoming exhausted. Shelter is the main problem as 3-5 families share a small space (10-20 people) with minimal facilities. Issues of privacy have been raised by both men and women. Women that are staying in an old school in Ein El Hilweh camp say that they are staying in the same space with 30 families and they only have two bathrooms.

 

They further have to share one kitchen with all families. Other families stay in garages, storage room, unfinished buildings, etc. that are not suitable living spaces. Some Syrian families are also staying in the Palestinian camps and gatherings, though the exact numbers are unclear. Oxfam Novib’s partner PARD is active in the South and Beirut gatherings and has counted 947 Syrian families in these geographical areas (01 March 2013).  

People with specific vulnerabilities such as chronically ill, wounded, (pregnant) women and the elderly, people with disabilities and children need specific attention.

It is expected the situation inside Syria will not change soon and that the humanitarian needs will grow.

 

PARD decided to get involved in the relief operation for those refugee families in July 2012. At the beginning, PARD took the following actions:

  1. The team of PARD conducted a new rapid needs assessment to define the basic needs of those families.
  2. The team of PARD visited all the refugees in the targeted areas (Beirut & the South) for new statistics regularly.
  3. The team of PARD contacted certain donors to obtain support for implementing relief projects for the welfare of the targeted refugees.ad11

 

The beneficiaries stated their problems and numerated their needs which were recorded in the needs assessment report. The priority needs requested by the people included:

-          Primary health care (through clinics and first aid services)

-          Food items support

-          Non food items support

-          WASH activities and Health Education (on health subjects related to personal and general hygiene, scabies, head lice, water pollution, food preservation, measles, breastfeeding, and nutrition)

-          Shelter rehabilitation and building

 

During the years 2013- 2014, PARD implemented the following projects for the benefit of both Syrian and Palestinian Refugees from Syria:

 

Donor

Type of Relief Project

Location

Duration

of project

Oxfam Novib

Blankets

Hygiene kits

Medication

Health Education

South

Beirut

Jan- Mar 2013

Oxfam Novib

Food kits

Hygiene kits

WASH activities

Medicines

Beirut

 

April- June 2013

IRISH Aid

Oxfam Novib

Food kits

Hygiene kits

South gatherings

2013

Oxfam Novib

WASH

Baby kit

Beirut

South

Jul- Sept 2013

OCHA

Oxfam Novib

WASH

Construction of latrines & rooms

Health Promotion

South gatherings

Sikkeh

2013- 2014

CFGB

MCC

Food Hygiene

Baby Nutrient

Beirut

South

June- Nov 2013

MCC

KG for Refugees from Syria

Beirut

2013-June 2014

Hygiene kits 2260

Beirut

South

January 2013

Blankets 3625

Beirut

South

January 2013

School kits with notebooks 6160

South

Beirut

School kits without notebooks 5800

South

South

Used clothing (286 bales)

Beirut

South

Infant care kits (62 bales)

South gatherings

Used shoes 4500

South gatherings

CIDA

MCC

Improvement of shelters for refugees

South gatherings

2013-2014

UNDP- Habitat

 

Implemented by UNDP

(funds not received by PARD)

WATSAN

Tawari

Sikkeh

Baraksat 

Bustan Al Quds

2013

Rehab of sewage Network

Jabal El Halib

Hay El Sohoun

Seerob gathering

2013

Rehab of water system

Ein El Helweh

2013

Rehab of sewage network

Hamchari gathering

Mieh Mieh

2013

WATSAN

Shabriha

Burghuliyeh

2013

WATSAN

Baysarieh

2013

Installation of sewage network

Qasmiyeh

Burj Rahhal town

2013

Rehab of road networks

Kharayeb

Itaniyeh

Jim Jeem

Wasta

Kfarbadda

2013

UN- Habitat

Construction of 18 rooms

Water & chlorination pumps

Solar panels

Chlorine- Insecticides- Rodenticides- Tools

South

Nov 2013- Mar 2014

UNDP

Clinic of Sikkeh

Empowerment of Popular, women & youth committees

Sikkeh

Adjacent area of Saida

2013- 2014

Care International

France

WATSAN

Hygiene kits

Baby kits

Beirut

July- Oct 2013

Health Promotion

Beirut

2013- 2014

Asfari

Food kits

Clinics

Beirut

2013

Relief International

Japan

Hygiene kits

Health promotion

Beirut

2013

NPA

Child kit (1-3 years old)

Zahrani- Aqbiyeh

January 2013

Monday, 30 July 2012 12:21

Annual Report 2011

Special Thanks


PARD would like to thank the following organizations, volunteers and individuals for their continued support to PARD during 2010:
(Listed alphabetically)
ANERA
Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
Humanserve International
Karim Said Rida Foundation (KSRF)
MAP- UK
Medico International
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
NOVIB (Oxfam Netherlands)
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Raja Khalidi
Refugee International Japan
Solidaridad International (SI)
Stavanger Katedralskole (Norway)
Welfare Association

Friday, 20 July 2012 15:13

Organizational Development

  1. nObjectives of Strategy Three

 

Enhance PARD’s governing bodies’ roles and functions

 

Improve the organizational structures and procedures

 

Increase the organizational performance and effectiveness

 

Empower, delegate and motivate staff members

 

Develop emergency preparedness and response mechanism and skills within the organization

 

 

  1. nComponents and Action Course

 

The third strategy will mainly target improving the effectiveness of the organization and achieving attitude and behavior change. Nevertheless it will substantially contribute into the success of the first two strategies as well as to the image of the organization and its fundraising efforts. 

 

PARD will focus its organization development plan on the following four core elements:

a) Governing Bodies;

b) Strategic Human Resource Management;

c) Emergency Preparedness and Response and

d) Organizational structure.

 

 

PARD’s board members have become functional through regular meetings to overview developments and try to find solutions, especially on issues such as fundraising. Many suggestions to overcome the problem of expected diminishing in financial supports have been put into action without affecting core programs and important activities (some details are mentioned in the previous literature describing activities).

 

Moreover, changes took place in the membership of the board during 2011 to ensure maximum efficiency and best support towards reaching the objectives of PARD. Many of the recommendations in the document “Statues, bylaws, policies, procedures and forums”, prepared were taken into consideration. The application of this document allowed the administrative board to act as a collective governing body and to resolve any conflict between the board and the management of PARD.

 

The highest governing body in PARD met on the 16th of August 2010. They discussed the annual progress report and financial report. Moreover, they elected a new administrative board including two old members and three new ones. The new board mandate ends after two years. This new board should steer PARD towards better performance for the benefit of the Palestinian refugees and poor Lebanese in the gatherings.

 

The old board met with 80% of PARD’s employees to listen to their suggestions on how to improve the situation at PARD. They came up with a list of recommendations to be discussed and implemented by the new administrative board.

 

Moreover, the new board plans to go ahead with the organizational development plan which includes:

-          Complete the financial procedures document

-          Develop the document on emergency preparedness and response

-          Develop a comprehensive volunteer strategy

-          Put together a new strategic plan 2012- 2014

 

 

In 2010, PARD achieved the completion of a document related to its statues, bylaws, policies, procedures and forms. This document was prepared by an experienced external consultant and approved by the Administrative Board. Some changes were introduced into the document to better cater for the needs of the workers in PARD. For example, the Lebanese law of labor states that women have the right to seven days per year to rest during menstruation. PARD’s by law allows the women twelve days instead of seven.

 

Each staff member has a copy of this manual and should consequently be able to use it as a guidebook when relevant situations and policies emerge. The manual as such promotes fair and equitable interpretations of processes and measures that require action either once or even on a regular basis. The policies written in this manual are upheld by all governing bodies and uniformly administered without any favoritism or bias.

 

As for qualified staff, we currently have qualified and experienced staff covering all positions especially key positions (example: Project Coordinators, procurement Coordinator, HR Coordinator), with clear job descriptions.

 

As for a systematic knowledge management system, we use both software and hardware systems.

 

 

Software:

 

Software programs include: financial software which has been upgraded, procurement software used for stock control, Health software installed in the clinics (still being tested).

 

The financial software is shared between the financial department in Beirut and the financial department in Saida.

 

The computers of the main office are connected through a network to facilitate sharing information and documents between the employees.

 

 

Hardware:

 

Health Educators, Women committees, literacy teachers, children activities animators, water caretakers, remedial lessons teachers, and first aiders, workers in solid waste collection, nurses, and midwives raise their reports and data collected from the local community to the Coordinators of the following programs: Mother & child care program, Environmental health program, youth & child development program, women empowerment & reproductive health program. Those coordinators raise their reports to the NGO director who in turn reports to the Administrative board quarterly.

 

The reports are shared by the popular committees, women committees and future youth committees.  Also for examples, water tests results are disseminated to get the communities involved.

 

Types of hardware documents: reports, schedules, pictures, monitoring tools, clippings of newspapers, and others. In addition to a data base including documents about Palestinians rights, situation all over the world, situation in Lebanon, about our target groups, health and environmental health studies, social studies, etc.

 

The financial procedures document has been prepared and discussed. Its final version will be approved and put into action at the beginning of 2012. Previously, PARD’s financial procedures existed in the shape of forms and the print outs of the financial software program. Now we have a comprehensive document including everything. We hope to translate it to English in 2012, and send Novib a copy.

 

All the preliminary steps have been implemented in 2011 for the document on emergency preparedness and response. The workshop for this document will take place in the first quarter of 2012. The final document (in English) will be circulated.

 

A new strategic plan 2012 – 2014 should be prepared during 2012. Searching for funders for the workshop and document for a comprehensive volunteer strategy is in process.

 

Moreover, an agreement has been reached with another partner, solidaridal International of Spain, to sponsor a Gender Audit for PARD during May 2012. 

 

 

Moreover, in 2011 PARD prepared the layouts for our own contingency plan. This contingency plan would identify possible risks and probable breakdowns in the flow and norms of the organization’s environment or its own activities, and alternatively propose strategies that would make it possible to overcome those breakdowns and continue the function of PARD or take other alternatives at one given scenario or another. The plan would allow PARD to respond quickly and adapt to changing circumstances and maintain a specific level of agreed-upon functionality at one hand, and on the other prioritize on the kind of emergency response and interventions that PARD wishes to adopt at such a time. 

Friday, 20 July 2012 15:08

Volunteer

Volunteers are extremely crucial to PARD. Not only are they donors donating time, energy and relations (current and future), but they also play a critical role in the fundraising plans of any successful organization.

 

Moreover, volunteers reflect the true ability of the organization to link with its local community, its visibility, values, reputation and a result- oriented track record.

 

Because of their importance, PARD plans to target volunteers through a plan that includes the following components: 

 

-                  Developing a comprehensive volunteer strategy that is aimed at recruiting, retaining and developing volunteers.

-                  Developing a rationale and a set of goals for the volunteers in addition to developing practical ways to organizing and managing the volunteer teams.

-                  Recruiting/ appointing a Volunteer Coordinator who will be in charge of implementing the volunteer strategy and identifying champions/leaders from among the community who would positively influence their peers and groups. 

 

 

PARD could not achieve the preparation of a document on the “Strategy for working with Volunteers” in 2010. But due to the continuous need to do so, PARD will put extra efforts to achieve this aim in 2012

Lebanon has a very high rate of smokers, especially in the underprivileged communities. Since government is doing little in the way of public education to warn of the dangerous of smoking, it falls on the shoulders of civil society to initiate public awareness campaigns.

 

PARD prepared five exhibitions in five different locations:

- Sabra

- Ain El Hilweh Camp

- Beirut (UNESCO Palace)

- Borj El Shamali Camp

- Bromana Summer Camp

               

345 Children & 323 Youth participated.

               

The main goal was to reach out to people for changing their practices towards a healthier & free of smoke life style.

 

Objectives were:

 

                        - to reduce smoking

                        - to promote recycling initiatives

                        - to develop a mobile exhibition that could serve as a model for further activities

Friday, 20 July 2012 15:04

Football Team

The Palestinian gatherings in Beirut have formed a football team called Jenine. The majority of the players and the coach live in the gatherings. PARD supports this team which has 38 players, the team is divided into two section, 20 youth and 18 children.

 

The team participates in all matches and leagues organized by the local Palestinian Football Union of Beirut. Moreover, Jenine has become member of the Union three years ago.

 

PARD supported the team who currently plays in PARD's name with a package of costume which includes sport shoes, games uniform, and pajama in addition to a set of balls.

 

Nine of the team players are members of the first aid team in Beirut and many of them participate in the workshops, activities and campaigns organized by PARD.

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